Michelle Cahill

Michelle Cahill

I am a freelance producer and arts professional based in Dublin.

I am a freelance producer based in Dublin working with a range of artists making contemporary performances. I am passionate about collaborating across all genres to realise artistic ideas. In the last decade I have produced new works for independent artists at some of Ireland’s major festivals and venues and supported productions that have toured Internationally. I spent six years working as line producer & associate producer (part-time) with the award-winning dance theatre company Junk Ensemble. I was a participant of Branar’s Meitheal Programme (2023) and joined Performing Arts Forum Producer Working Group in 2024.

I have also worked with a range of arts organisations; I was assistant producer, then producer with Tipperary Dance International Festival (2019-2021); Participant Producer for Dance Ireland’s Cruinniú na nÓg programme (2021) and Programme Co-ordinator at Shawbrook (2014-2021). In 2023, I managed the the administration of Gap Day, a support programme for freelance artists in association with Mermaid Arts Centre. I trained as a professional dancer and choreographer, and bring 20+ years’ experience across performance, community dance engagement and dance education to my practice.

I am a certified coach with Relational Dynamics 1st.

2023 Meitheal Producer Supports. A Branar Initiative
GAP DAY Artist. An initiative by Lian Bell in collaboration with Mermaid Arts Centre.
 Arts Council Agility Award (Dance)
2020 Arts Council Professional Development Award (Dance)
2020 Kildare Arts Office Artists in Schools Bursary
2020 McB Bursary for Dance, Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Annamakerrig
2018 Dancer in Residence at Ballygar Theatre & Arts Space, East Galway, Nov
2017 Arts Council of Ireland Project Award; Firkin Crane Production Residency; TRY! Dance Residency, Tipperary Dance / Tipperary Excel Arts Centre; ELEVATOR Producer Mentorship Programme, Irish Theatre Institute / Town Hall Theatre, Galway.
2016 Shawbrook Artists Residency; THE NEXT STAGE Professional Development Programme Dublin Theatre Festival and Theatre Forum; Touring Grant Award, Longford County Council
2015 Bursary Award, Dublin City Arts Office
2014 SPACE PROGRAMME Professional Development Residency,The Performance Corporation
2012 Per Cent for Arts Award | Offaly County Council and Tullamore Town Council
2009 Bursary Award | Dublin City Council Arts
2007 Travel & Training Award | Arts Council of Ireland
2004 Professional Development Award | Dublin City Arts Office
‘97-‘98 Student Bursary | The Laban Centre for Movement & Dance / Trinity LABAN
‘96-‘99 Full-time Undergraduate Training Award | Arts Council of Ireland